We’ve been asked by Texaas genealogists to enlist your help to fight a bill sponsored by Texas Representative John Zerwas that would dramatically increase the time that birth and death records are sealed in Texas.
“The bill that’s at issue is House Bill 3252. It’s sponsored by Representative John Zerwas (Fort Bend County), and it would dramatically lengthen the time during which Texas birth and death records would be closed. Right now, birth records become public 75 years after the birth, and death records 25 years after the death. Zerwas’ bill would change that to 125 years after the birth and 50 years after the death.
The argument this time is that it would prevent identity theft — despite the fact that there’s not a shred of evidence that anybody has used (or even could use) records of people who’ve been dead 25 years already for that purpose or that birth records more than 75 years old have been or could be used either.”